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Hasselbeck cries, puts ‘The View’ in her rearview

  • 'The View' co-host will be joining 'Fox & Friends' in September
  • Hasselbeck teared up as she bid farewell to the show she's been on for a decade

It's official -- Wednesday was Elisabeth Hasselbeck's last day on "The View," and she left in a tear-filled but joyous fashion.

Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with Barbara Walters, who kicked off the show by confirming the news: "It was reported last night that our Elisabeth is leaving us to join the Fox network," said Walters. "As you can see I'm a little teary. I always want what's best for you. You know how I feel about you."

Thanking everyone behind the scenes, Hasselbeck added, "I'm happy and excited to confirm that I'll be joining the 'Fox & Friends' team in September."

Hasselbeck also had kind words for each of her co-hosts as they teared-up on set, thanking them for teaching her invaluable lessons and for their continued friendship.

To an emotional Whoopi Goldberg, Hasselbeck had this to say: "You are one of the most talented artists on the planet... But you are even more loving than you are talented. You are walking unconditional love... I am blessed to have gotten to call myself a friend of yours."

She continued, holding Joy Behar's hand, saying she has an "insane amount of respect" for her political sparring partner, and added that even though Sherri Shepard was not there, she knows that "even when you're not right beside me here, I know you are always with me."

Hasselbeck saved the most love for Walters, her mentor, who she says is "the best in the business."

"I did the math last night," said Hasselbeck, while holding a teary Walters. "I have over 3,000 days working by your side. I think it's fair to say over the course of a decade I feel as though I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting journalism. I feel like I have my master's in communications from being next to you."

She continued, "I don't know if there's a program out there that could offer the depth of knowledge, technique and art of interview that you have offered to everyone at this table and especially to me."

Walters then had the last word on the matter, saying she has "enormous affection" for the departing co-host who "has been such a big part of the show's success."

She also confirmed that the show will not be filling Hasselbeck's position anytime soon, and will instead have a series of rotating guest co-hosts during the transition period. As the other co-hosts offered their parting words of affection, Hasselbeck teared-up, and Walters declared, "You're leaving us and you're taking a lot of love with you."

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